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Chasing the Dragon: One Woman's Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong's Drug Den

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The true story of how one woman's faith resulted in the conversion of hundreds of drug addicts, prostitues and hardened criminals in Hong Kong's infamous Walled City.
Paperback, 238 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Regal Books (first published 1980)
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Hye Sung
Mar 25, 2013 Hye Sung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most powerful books I have ever read and I feel that whoever reads this book will not come out the same. The story of Jackie Pullinger's missionary work is humbling, miraculous, and beautiful. She was a lone 20 year old baby-believer without a missionary society behind her, jumping into a mission field of prostitutes, gangs, and drug dealers. Though the 'Walled City' in Hong Kong, a semi-anarchic settlement, presents incredible challenges, she sees Jesus come through time after time i ...more
Sagely
Oct 12, 2014 Sagely rated it liked it
Some stories you have to hear firsthand to believe. Jackie Pullinger's life in Hong Kong is that kind of story.

I am not pentecostal. I grew up suspicious of anyone who raised their hands in church. Speaking in tongues, signs and wonders, healings and resurrections were all a bit far for my home church. Even today, I'm still a bit iffy about things like prophetic words and power evangelism. If God want to act in that way, great! But it will take a little work on God's end to overcome my scepticis
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Liz
Mar 11, 2014 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sp-curriculum
Chasing the Dragon is one of my favorite internship books. Pullinger's autobiography of her ministry in Hong Kong's walled city of Kowloon inspires, challenges, and captivates. As a white Westerner headed to a Southeast Asian slum in a few months, re-reading CTD gave me fresh hope and renewed gratefulness for God's call in my life.

CTD is one of those generally-not-recommended styles of missionary work: Pullinger goes by herself, without a sending org, and sets up shop ministering cross-gender; s
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Josiah
Jackie Pullinger has had a crazy life. I was blown away by this book. Basic gist: woman goes to Hong Kong slum with no plans and no money, and through her, people are saved, lives are changed, and Jesus is glorified.

Now, I'm not the crying type, but I was definitely sniffling back a few tears at several points in this book. Mostly, because God is so PRESENT in this book. He is the center of everything, and Poon Siu Jeu (Jackie's Chinese name) continues to give him glory for everything that happe
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Abigail
Apr 11, 2016 Abigail rated it liked it
Shelves: gap-year-reading
This book was an interesting read as I was able to delve into the completely different culture of Hong Kong during the sixties and seventies, the pressures of drugs, gang rule and family relationships through the eyes of Pullinger.

Pullinger certainly gives an thrilling account of her work in the Walled City, the miracles of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. I enjoyed her descriptions of the people she met and befriended as they shocked me from my comfortable Western world and into th
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Julie
Aug 30, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok
This one really stumped me. It could easily have been 5 stars as the story was simply amazing; Jackie Pullinger must truly be a vessel of the Lord. She has helped so many drug addicts, drug lords and prostitutes in Hong Kong. But does this make a good read? Unfortunately I found it rather repetitive - I would go as far as suggesting it to be a holy version of "50 shades of grey"! I don't mean to be disrespectful but unfortunately, the constant barrage of success after success after success could ...more
Irene Mcintyre
This book is awesome.
Sheryl Painter
Jun 13, 2013 Sheryl Painter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colee Firman has skillfully crafted yet another great story in her Unbinding Fate series. From the first chapter in Chasing Darkness, I was drawn back into her marvelous characters, her fantastic worlds and breathtaking suspense. I love how Ms. Firman can mix a little romance, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and a few really evil characters into a story that just keeps racing ahead. I can count on her characters to keep me guessing, and caring, from the beginning of the book to the very end of the l ...more
Ann
Dec 15, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-books
WOW, this woman is just amazing. She tells the story of how she was convinced God had called her to go to Hong Kong to share the Gospel ... and then WENT ... apart from any specific church sponsorship or mission board. God used her in absolutely spontaneous and miraculous ways to eventually reach drug addicts in the Walled City portion of Hong Kong. She tells her story with simple transparent faith and humor ... careful to include the fact that she made her share of mistakes that God was able t ...more
Helene
Mar 03, 2012 Helene rated it really liked it
This was an exciting book to see how the Holy Spirit moved and changed young men's lives in Hong Kong's Walled City in the 1980's. The first half was especially interesting as the author shows how many misconceptions she had about God and how He works. I really had a lot of chuckles because I had many of the same ideas from society in general and some churches in particular. It was encouraging to see how she was protected thru her adventures and "mistakes". Her story reminded me of "The Cross an ...more
Helen Maltby
A very powerful read. It tells the true story of Jackie Pullinger, an English woman who, in her early 20s felt that God was telling her to go to Hong Kong as a missionary. She ends up in the notorious Walled City and spends her time reaching out to drug addicts and Triad (illegal gangs) members. Gradually she wins their trust and she tells them about Jesus and how he can help them with their addictions. She brings many to Christianity and opens several safe houses where these new Christians can ...more
Caroline Friday
Feb 14, 2014 Caroline Friday rated it it was amazing
Amazing book about a British woman who refused to let religion and the evils of the world stop her evangelism of the love of Jesus. Called to one of the darkest places in the world, Hong Kong's notorious Walled City, Ms Pullinger relays her experiences with The Lord and His Holy Spirit as they relentlessly pursue the hearts and minds of God's precious people trapped in drug addiction, prostitution, and gang violence. Reading this book will stir up your faith like never before AND convict the rel ...more
Brandon H.
Another captivating missionary story! If you enjoy reading stories of God moving in foreign lands to save people and set them free this is one to add to your list. If you're a fan of Brother Yun, Brother Andrew and Corrie Ten Boom I'd recommend adding this one to your reading queue. If you're unsure if God still uses the gifts of the Spirit these days, or how practical and effective they may be in ministry these days, I'd recommend this book.

I found it inspiring and refreshing. Great light read
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Gary B
Apr 04, 2015 Gary B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Astounding, humbling, inspiring. Nothing else I can say.
~lucy~
Dec 12, 2015 ~lucy~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book many years ago & recently came across it again.

The book isn't written perfectly, it is a little repetitive - the story of another gang member coming off heroin, the prisoner who was convicted for the one crime he didn't commit ... Yet it is written passionately by the woman who had the vision, the faith & the dream to make a real difference.
You can't help but admire the determination of a young woman who gave up her life in the uk to travel across the world to somewhere
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Sarah
Mar 13, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has made such an impact. It is both encouraging and convicting and managed to capture my undivided attention from page one. An eye opening book filled with astounding truth and honesty.
Sarah
Dec 23, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith, justice
If you're wondering if God is really at work in our world or whether Jesus still performs miracles, read this book! Truly inspiring.
Jolene
May 20, 2015 Jolene rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Her storytelling is very clear and brings the characters and surroundings to life. All in all, a very inspiring read!
Kurt
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating story of a missionary in Hong Kong. There are some wild things going on, and it's inspiring.
Rachel
Feb 11, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Really fascinating story of the power of Christ in the darkest places.
Annabelle
Nov 22, 2008 Annabelle rated it it was amazing
One of the more amazing missionary stories I have ever heard or read.
Mary Theresa
Jan 03, 2015 Mary Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's as simple as this, I want to live her life.
Leah Good
A desire for missions that began in childhood eventually leads twenty year old Jackie Pullinger to purchase a boat ticket. Her plan is to get off wherever God tells her to. She ends up smack-dab in the middle of an underworld of drugies and prostitutes living in a lawless city that has no plumbing. It is for these people that God fills her heart with love and a desire to serve.

I've been wanting to read this book since Leslie Ludy mentioned Jackie Pullinger in a lecture given in 2010. When I got
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Honeybee
Nov 10, 2011 Honeybee rated it really liked it
Not only is this book a biography of a remarkable and courageous young woman, but it gives a great portrait of the drug culture in Hong Kong's Walled City, as well as an excellent treatise of why tongues is still a vital spiritual gift to be exercised today.

I first read it at a Crossroads Discipleship Training School in Youth With A Mission. I have since recommended it to several others.

Want to see if you have what it takes to be an inner city missionary in another country? Want to know one way
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Emily Motley
Jan 18, 2016 Emily Motley rated it it was amazing
This book without a doubt changed my life. An amazing recount of the spiritual awakening in Hong Kong told through the eyes of a simple, obedient servant. Jack Pullinger has transformed my view of missions abroad and has placed in me a desire to be relational and to walk with someone the full journey to redemption and freedom.

"The devil wants to convince you that dying is the worst thing. It is very much easier to do what God made you to do than to not."
-Jackie Pullinger
Jazzenith
May 14, 2012 Jazzenith rated it it was amazing
Chasing the Dragon is a book which will simply blow you away. The incredible true story of Jackie Pullinger on answering the call of God in her life, and how through her the love of Jesus helped transform many peoples lives in the slums of the Walled City, Hong Kong. Jackie's perseverance and endurance is matched by her love and compassion for these people. To help enact tough positive change in an area compounded with a plethora of deep rooted problems and sin, Jackie put all her trust and hope ...more
Jeremy Rios
Jan 17, 2015 Jeremy Rios rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-life
A great testimony, but not always a pleasure to read. It is repetitive (I get it--they hear about Jesus, speak in tongues, and come off drugs; hear about Jesus, speak in tongues, and come off drugs; hear about Jesus...). And at times (read: frequently) all the stories start to blend together (names, details, circumstances).

All in all, the content was solid, but the presentation left me with a lot to be desired. It was a chore to finish it.
Joshua Liem
Mar 05, 2015 Joshua Liem rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
How often don't we stop when we have led someone to Christ? In this amazing story of love driven by a Christ like view on humanity a profound way of "laying done your life for someone else" is shown. Sometimes almost heartbreaking we see how this love should be combined with faith and actions. How powerful we would be if we saw things in the same way!
Kuching Rose
Dec 03, 2015 Kuching Rose rated it did not like it
Total crap. I was asked to read this by a Christian friend. Endless tales of people being saved from drug addiction with prayer. One woman's heroic crusade of cleaning up Hong Kong. She did it all herself apparently by getting criminals to become Christian and speak in tongues. Sorry but this is mumbo jumbo.
CandiRobyn
Feb 15, 2015 CandiRobyn rated it it was amazing
I loved reading about God's miracles through Jackie- a woman without a massive sign from God to go, backed up by many prophetic words- no Jackie just went because the bible says "go"and God was faithful to provide an adventure for her as she trusted in His word.
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Jackie Pullinger is a British Protestant missionary to Hong Kong.
At the age of 22 she moved to Hong Kong and began to reach out to the people of the Walled City. Her ministry started with only a handful of people but has grown steadily over the last fifty years.
She founded the St. Stephen's Society, which is involved in drug rehabilitation in Hong Kong and the Philipines.
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